This is not good:
Among young people ages 14 to 24 who received care in a hospital emergency department for assault-related injuries, 23% said they owned a firearm in the past six months. And only 17% of those reporting firearm possession obtained it legally, says the report, in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics, published online today.
According to Michelle Healy, 34% of American households possess one or more firearms. Other disturbing findings:
- Those with firearms were more likely to use illegal drugs, have been involved in a serious fight, and to endorse the position that “revenge was a good thing,” and that it was “OK to hurt people if they hurt you first.”
- 22% reported ownership of highly lethal automatic/semiautomatic weapons.
- 37% said they had a gun primarily for protection; 10% said they were “holding it for someone”; 9% said they have a gun because their “friends carry guns.”
- 52% reported that it would be little or no trouble to obtain a firearm.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this study raises all sorts of red flags. There is no argument — none — that anyone can make that makes this acceptable in any way. I know our constitution doesn’t say this is OK. I know common sense says it’s not at all OK. Is this really what we want for our children?
Pediatrics article here.